Face of latest member of Hutch gang shot dead in Dublin inner city attack
Published 24/05/2016 | 12:48
THIS is the fifth victim linked to the Hutch gang who has been shot dead as part of an ongoing, desperately-violent feud.
Gareth Hutch (35) – a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ – was murdered as he sat in his car today at 10am on North Cumberland Street in Dublin's north inner city.
It brings to seven the number of victims killed as part of the bloody Hutch/Kinahan feud.
They include five linked to the Hutch gang as well as Kinahan gang member David Byrne and innocent victim Martin O’Rourke.
Gareth Hutch – a son of The Monk’s older brother Johnny (63) – was shot to six times by two gunmen.
It is understood he was shot in the head and chest.
“He was riddled with bullets from both gunmen, he never stood a chance,” a source said. “We have no doubt this murder is linked to the feud.”
One of the gunmen is reported to have had a silencer attached to the weapon while the other may have had a silver gun.
Gardai will be hoping for an early arrest after the killers’ getaway bid was severely hampered when the BMW car they attempted to flee in failed to start.
They left the scene on foot and another silver car collected them nearby.
Gareth Hutch died at the scene.
The Kinahan mob are the chief suspects for the murder.
Gareth Hutch had been previously warned by gardai of an active threat against his life because of who his family were.
His uncle, Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, is a prime target for the Kinahan cartel.
Gareth, who was from Drumalee Avenue in Dublin’s north inner city, was one of the pallbearers who carried the coffin at the funeral of his murdered brother Gary last October.
It was the fatal shooting of Gary in Spain last September that kicked off the bitter feud which has now claimed seven lives.
However, apart from the Regency Hotel gun attack, the other six unsolved murders are suspected of being carried out by the Kinahan cartel.
A shocked 29-year-old local man at the scene of this morning’s shooting that:
“It was terrible. I felt his pulse but he was dead.
“A few of us were standing across the road when it happened. He had been getting into a car when he was shot.
“The two men ran up. One had a mask and one had a red scarf. I heard about three shots. They were using a silencer. I think the gun was left on the road.
“I was standing there looking at it. I couldn’t believe it. He was hit in the head and in the chest. I went over to him but he was dead. Gone.
“Another fellow went to check his pulse but he was gone. It was horrible,” he said.
Another man who saw it said: “The driver panicked. He was the shooter. He couldn’t start the BMW. It started up twice but it cut out.”
A 51-year-old local man added: “The gunmen stayed around for three or four minutes after they shot him.”
Associates of murdered Gary Hutch are linked to the killing of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5 last.
Patrick Hutch, a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, was charged last week with Byrne’s murder.
The murder of Gareth Hutch, brings to five the number of Hutch associates killing in the ongoing feud with the Kinahan cartel.
They include Gary Hutch, Eddie Hutch Snr, Noel Duggan and Michael Barr. Innocent victim Martin O’Rourke was shot dead in a botched hit on another Hutch-linked criminal.
Gareth Hutch was previously cleared of attempted robbery charges related to an incident when criminal Gareth Molloy (27) was shot dead by a member of the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) during a raid by a gang on a security van delivering cash to a supermarket in Lucan in May 2009.
The raiders were holding a sawn-off shotgun at a cash van worker’s head and demanding cash when gardai struck.
That busted cash-in-transit gang who have close links to the Hutch mob included convicted killer Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch (31) who was later given five years in jail for co-ordinating the botched cash van raid.
Another accused, Keith Murtagh (32) of Lower Sheriff Street, was jailed for eight years in July 2010. He was injured during the shootout with gardai in Lucan.
Murtagh has since been released and has survived two assassination attempts with the cartel including on Saturday morning in the Cherry Orchard area of Ballyfermot and last month in Sheriff Street when innocent victim Martin O’ Rourke (24) was shot in a case of mistaken identity.